Deriving the Sum of the Arithmetic Sequence

We have discussed arithmetic progression or arithmetic sequence and you have learned how to find its nth term. In the previous post, you have also learned how to find the sum of the first n positive integers. Notice that first n positive integers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, all the way up to n is also an arithmetic sequence with first term 1 and constant difference 1.

Now, the question that comes to mind is, how do we find the sum of an arithmetic sequence?

sum of first n integers

Recall the method that we used in “Finding the sum of the first n positive integers.” We added the integers twice with the order of the terms reversed as shown above. Clearly, we can use this method to find the sum of the arithmetic sequence 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27.  Continue reading